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Kettleman Hills
Only a photographer could strike oil in a tanker shipyard and this picture shows the SS "Kettleman Hills",
just before launching, at the Sausalito shipyard.
Launch of the "Kettleman Hills".
 "Kettleman Hills", launched.
"Kettleman Hills" sails away from the yard.
"Kettleman Hills".
( Photo thanks to Walt Holm )
The tanker "Kettleman Hills" on trials. Of the T2-SE-A1 type, she was the first of the 'Hills' class
and was delivered from the Marinship yard at Sausalito in September 1944.
"Kettleman Hills".

History :
Built by The Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnr. 56. USMC nr. 1832. Official nr. 246425.
Keel laid 29-05-1944. Launched 26-07-1944. Completed 06-09-1944. Gr. 10551 t., Net. 6369 t., Dw. 16542 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,21 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Eliott & Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
KETTLEMAN HILLS-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, California, USA
KETTLEMAN HILLS-1948 for American Overseas Tanker Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
KETTLEMAN HILLS-1949 for Oceanic Maritme Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
SEATIGER-1951 for Colonial Steamship Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
SEATIGER-1954 for Seatiger Steamship Company, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
SEATIGER-1956 for Jupiter Steamship Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
OCEAN NORA-1957a for Ocean Tankships Inc., Monrovia, Liberia.
CARIBBEAN STAR-1957b for Marine Star Corporation, Monrovia, Liberia.
CARIBBEAN STAR-1959 for Ocean Tankships Inc., Monrovia, Liberia.
GLOBE EXPLORER-1960 for Bulk Ships Inc., New York, USA.
GLOBE EXPLORER-1963 for Sea Liberties Inc., New York, USA.
FAIRWIND-1965 for Sea Liberties Inc., New York, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Globe Explorer lengthened, widened and converted into bulk carrier in 1960.
New dimensions 174,3m oa x 23,0m, 13795 gt / 21968 Dw.
Reported Globe Explorer suffered fire 11 Sep. 1964, 270 nautical miles of Cape Charles. Declared CTL ( constructive total loss ).
Reported Globe Explorer sold to shipbreakers in Spain. Arrived Valencia in tow 25 Mar. 1965, to be broken up, bearing the name FAIRWIND.

S.S. Kettleman Hills, Tanker, hull # 56, keel laid 5/29/44, launched July 26, 1944 Sponsor: Mrs. James Edward Jones; Maid of Honor, Joan Bardini. In private operation under Liberian flag as bulk carrier and renamed "Caribbean Star" in October, 1960. Scrapped Valencia, Spain 8/65.

Source : Pacific Marine Review, Volume 41, September, 1944

"Hills" Class Tankers By Marinship.
The S.S. Kettleman Hills, now outfitting at Marinship, is the first of a series of 32 large tankers which are being built there and christened in the name of important California oilfields. She is the 51st ship to be built in the 28 month history of the Company.
The new "Hills" class tankers are over 525 feet long, of 16,500 deadweight tonnage, and are driven by turbo-electric motors of 8250 hp.
These ships, when completed, will be immediately employed on war routes, but they are specially designed to take their place on post-war petroleum trade routes.
The S.S. Elk Hills, the second ship of this class was launched on August 22, just 54 days after the keel was laid, and the S. S. Lost Hills followed down the ways on August 29.